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FLORENCE, William Jermyn, actor, born in Albany, N. Y.,26 July 1831. He became a member of the Murdoch dramatic association in New York City, made his first appearance in Richmond, 6 December 1849, as Peter in "The Stranger," and soon acquired distinction as a versatile comic actor. He afterward appeared in Providence, successfully playing Macduff to Booth's Macbeth. Returning to New York, he appeared at Brougham's Lyceum in Irish characters. He married, on New Year's day, 1853, Mrs. Malvina [Pray] Littell, a danseuse attached to Wallack's theatre, and on 8 June following the two appeared at the National theatre, New York, as the Irish Boy and the Yankee Girl. In 1856 they went to England, and appeared in Drury Lane theatre, London, for fifty nights, to crowded houses, afterward performing in various theatres throughout the United Kingdom. Mr. Florence's best known parts are those of Bardwell Slote in "The Mighty Dollar" and Captain Cuttle in "Dombey and Son," while Mrs. Florence is a favorite as Mrs. General Gilfiery. She is a sister of Mrs. Barney Williams.
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